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Nov

Posted by on November 10th, 2017 •  0 Comments  • 

As a Facility Manager you’d be aware of the importance of using compliant electrical accessories and undertaking electrical testing to Australian Standards, but have you given much thought to the regulations surrounding Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) running throughout the commercial buildings you manage? NHP has and as a result they’ve released a compliant EMC Isolator for use with Variable Speed Drives (VSD’s) which successfully addresses EMC concerns. Firstly let’s take a look...
Building Owners and Facility Managers need to be careful of sales companies offering LED upgrades for free. These ‘pop-up’ companies are cashing in on the Government’s incentives and offering substandard products that can’t last the distance. This can pose huge complications down the track when Building Owners are stuck with products that are failing and these pop-up companies are nowhere to be found. The cost to rectify the work without any government incentive can be very expensive. Te...
What is an Embedded Network? Put simply, an embedded network is a supply arrangement where a site owner or manager purchases electricity for an entire site and on-sells it to each tenant. An embedded network is a network established to effectively read and charge electricity to individual tenants (within a body of tenants) for the amount in which they've each consumed. These networks facilitate the energy on-selling process, whereby energy is purchased at a discount at the parent meter ...
In building maintenance, seeking regular routine electrical inspections for industrial or commercial switchboards is of high importance. Thermal imaging or thermographic scanning by an electrician is recommended every six months, and having existing switchboards fitted with retrofit air circuit breakers (ACBs) is now also proving to be an invaluable process for building owners and facility managers. Air circuit breakers are commonly used in low voltage switchboards and due to their typi...
Do the buildings you manage have lightning protection? Lightning protection acts as a safeguard, it’s designed to protect a structure by intercepting extremely high currents of strikes and passing them safely from the structure to the ground, via a network of air terminals, conductors and ground electrodes. Without lightning protection, you as a property owner or facilities manager may be putting occupants at risk. Not only protecting a building’s structure, contents and surroundings sh...
Standards Australia has set new building regulations for emergency and exit lighting requirements. Effective January 2016, the new legislation includes the mandatory installation of a new test switch when an existing emergency or exit light is being changed over by an electrician, to a fitting that is not the same type, in the same location and same wattage as the current one; this falls under clause 1.7 of AS2293.1. AS/NZS 2293 Emergency Lighting for Buildings covers three pa...
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Dec

Posted by on December 24th, 2015 •  0 Comments  • 

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) cabling standards body has announced that Category 5e (CAT5e) cabling, installed in many office buildings throughout Melbourne will now be considered as obsolete for new installations.   The ISO/IEC 11801 standard was the first international standard set for cabling in commercial and industrial buildings. The ISO/IEC continues to develop, maintain and promote standards within t...